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Dec 16, 2012 5:00am PST
of christ. so he went in and got home and took his little hatchet kind of like a george washington story went down and chopped up the tree. went in and put it in there for his kids. and then he began to put candles on the tree. your idea of light. and so 1500 the lutherans in the north took this in and then they would decorate garlands of evergreen. we talk about the wreath was there. and in 1982 john paul ii actually put a christmas tree in st. peters tree. >> what year again? [ laughter ] >> 1992. what did i say? 1992. and so the christmas tree finally makes his way into even the heart of the roman catholic celebration. so that is very much a part of greenery, ever lasting gift giving is a little more obscure. the gift giving went back to the early days but we know by the year 1100 it was a real problem. christmas had become simplifying of gifts. one to another. so a fella you may remember called st. francis he said we have to refocus this on a religious holiday and so he came up with the idea of getting little figures of mary and joseph and all this stuff. but first of all he made the
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